Jon Yates, Chief Executive at the Foundation explained: ‘With the recent drop in temperatures and as many older people in fuel poverty might be struggling with their bills post-Christmas this one-off support offers an essential lifeline. Many local older people are at risk and even die because of the combined effects of fuel poverty and social isolation. This year because of the phenomenal support we have received from local residents and their unwanted winter fuel allowances we are lowering the age range to cover local residents over 50 who meet the winter fuel poverty criteria, have significant health conditions, are on the highest level of benefits and have little current chance of improving life circumstances.’
The lifesaving appeal which initially started six years ago because of shocking statistics of winter mortality amongst older people in our county (an average of 520 people dying because of the cold every winter) recycles unwanted winter fuel allowances from local residents and it has raised over £65,000 this year.
The grants are being dispersed via the Citizens Advice Network all across Dorset – they can be contacted on 01929 775500 or residents in need can also contact The Centre for Sustainable Energy on 0300 003 7023. Since November the two organisations have paid 120 grants.
For more information on the Appeal or to make a donation, please click here.